con·​cise | \ kən-ˈsīs How to pronounce concise (audio) \

Definition of concise

: marked by brevity of expression or statement : free from all elaboration and superfluous detail a concise report a concise definition

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Other Words from concise

concisely adverb
conciseness noun

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concise, terse, succinct, laconic, summary, pithy, compendious mean very brief in statement or expression. concise suggests the removal of all that is superfluous or elaborative. a concise description terse implies pointed conciseness. a terse reply succinct implies the greatest possible compression. a succinct letter of resignation laconic implies brevity to the point of seeming rude, indifferent, or mysterious. an aloof and laconic stranger summary suggests the statement of main points with no elaboration or explanation. a summary listing of the year's main events pithy adds to succinct or terse the implication of richness of meaning or substance. a comedy sharpened by pithy one-liners compendious applies to what is at once full in scope and brief and concise in treatment. a compendious dictionary

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Many students think that adding unnecessary sentences with long words will make their writing more impressive. But in fact almost every reader values concision, since concise writing is usually easier to read, better thought out, and better organized—that is, simply better writing. Words such as short don't have the full meaning of concise, which usually means not just "brief" but "packed with information".

Examples of concise in a Sentence

That is as clean and concise a summation of a profound and complicated truth as I have come across … — David Noonan, Newsweek, 10 Nov. 2008 Frye's wit was concise and dry, his erudition compendious. — Robert M. Adams, New York Times Book Review, 31 Mar. 1991 "I am glad, Mrs. Butler," was the neighbour's concise answer. — Sir Walter Scott, The Heart of Midlothian, 1818 a clear and concise account of the accident a concise article on violence in the media that manages to say more than most books on the subject
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Recent Examples on the Web The goal was to make the vaccination scheduling process clear, concise and logical for people not used to navigating the Internet, and the children, grandchildren and friends trying to help them., "Community News For The Windham Edition," 26 Feb. 2021 Ahluwalia gave her a concise verbal tour of the diaspora research for her fall 2021 collection, which recently appeared on Vogue Runway. Sarah Mower, Vogue, "Priya Ahluwalia Is Presented With the Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design—Via Royal Webinar," 23 Feb. 2021 Ditlevsen is a master of slow realization, quick characterization, and concise ironies. Lauren Oyler, Harpers Magazine, "Reality Under My Skin," 5 Jan. 2021 Please be as specific as possible, but try to keep it concise. Annie Vainshtein,, "Can I safely visit my grandson if he has tested positive for COVID-19 antibodies?," 15 Jan. 2021 Located at the brand-new Thompson Hotel in downtown Dallas, the restaurant has a big patio and a concise menu of small plates like pork belly skewers and miso salmon. Sarah Blaskovich, Dallas News, "5 new restaurants in downtown Dallas," 15 Jan. 2021 Uniformly, these essays were clear, concise, grammatically correct and properly punctuated. Steven M. Galbraith, WSJ, "Charter Schools vs. Eco-Tours: It’s No Contest," 23 Dec. 2020 This course contains a tremendous range of lessons, with concise conceptual explanations from the basic to the complex. Benjamin Levin, CNN Underscored, "Build your programming skills with these e-courses, from Python to SwiftUI," 23 Dec. 2020 The century-old Sherman and Clayton acts are remarkably spare and concise statutes, which has meant that most antitrust law has been judge-made, based on the precedents laid down in individual cases. Washington Post, "Facebook and Google cases are our last chance to save the economy from monopolization," 18 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of concise

circa 1590, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for concise

Latin concisus, from past participle of concidere to cut up, from com- + caedere to cut, strike

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The first known use of concise was circa 1590

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“Concise.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of concise

: using few words : not including extra or unnecessary information


con·​cise | \ kən-ˈsīs How to pronounce concise (audio) \

Kids Definition of concise

: expressing much in few words a concise description

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